5630 Bad Hofgastein, AT
With a view of the Sportgastein valley bottom as well as the Hohe Tauern – the hike begins.
Time on trail: appx. 2 hours, loss: 400 m
Following the banks of a two-tone river, the path takes us past water-storage caverns to the Nassfeld power station. From there, an old lane – formerly, the Nassfeld Road, once an important artery for trade and mining – leads in the direction of Böckstein. The path is flanked by numerous nature attractions – the Bärenfall, Schleierfall und Kesselfall plunge thunderously from the mountainsides. The history of mining becomes apparent along this path, as do relicts from the First World War – the “Russian Bridge” was actually built during WWI by Russian prisoners of war. Both of the Astenalm huts (staffed) are some of the oldest in Gastein Valley, inviting passers-by to stop in for refreshments. The theme path of the Gastein Healing Gallery runs past a former smelting hut and powder house on its way from Altböckstein to Böckstein. The beautiful pilgrimage church known as “Maria zum Guten Rat”, which stands on a hilltop, provides a great view of the Böckstein settlement.
Transfer: by bus 550 to Sportgasten, by bus 550 from Böckstein back
Free admission with your Gastein Card! You have to pay for the bus, taxi, cable car and consumption.
Dress appropriate to the demands of the hike - hiking boots with a good tread are necessary!
registration: Tourist Office Bad Hofgastein